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The Greatest Question
(1919) American
B&W : Six reels / 6224 feet
Directed by D.W. Griffith

Cast: Lillian Gish [Nellie Jarvis], Robert Harron [Jimmie Hilton], Ralph Graves [John Hilton], George Fawcett [John Hilton], Eugenie Besserer [Mrs. Hilton], George O. Nicholls [Mr. Scrubble], Josephine Crowell [Mrs. Scrubble], Tom Wilson [Uncle Zeke], Katherine Albert, Richard Barthelmess

D.W. Griffith production; distributed by First National Exhibitors’ Circuit, Incorporated. / Produced by D.W. Griffith. Scenario by Stanner E.V. Taylor, from a novel by William Hale. Cinematography by G.W. Bitzer. Edited by James Smith. Music score arranged by Albert Pesce. Presented by D.W. Griffith. / © 16 December 1919 by D.W. Griffith [LP14554]. Premiered 28 December 1919 at the Mark Strand Theatre in New York, New York. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format.


Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F1 n. F1.1711.

Survival status: Prints exist in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive]; and in private film collections [16mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Children - Crime: Murder, Rape (Attempted) - Death: Murder - Ghosts - Rescues

Listing updated: 24 September 2013.

References: AFI-F1 n. F1.1711; Barry-Griffith pp. 29, 61, 69; Brownlow-Parade pp. 87, 282; Everson-American pp. 48, 87, 91, 156-157; Shipman-Cinema p. 66; Weaver-Twenty p. 146 : Variety-19200102 p. 74.

Home video: DVD.

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